A method that is also known as ‘trickle’ irrigation, it was invented by an Israeli father and son in 1959 for growing crops in arid, sandy areas. It is a method that permits the water to ‘drip’ drop by drop near the root of the plant only – thus conserving the water requirement. It results in water saving at our farm by almost 30 %
We have been conserving water at the farm for many years before the word rainwater harvesting became fashionable! We have two low-lying areas where water is collected and sent down into wells that are 200 and 45 feet deep respectively for recharging the ground water level. We have also made a large underground water tank of almost 50,000 litres that serves as a reservoir for the hot summer months.
While many of you may have heard about this brilliant technology, it is none other than what nature would naturally and effortlessly do on its own. We ‘mulch’ our fruit trees and vegetable crops by covering the soil with dried leaves. This slows down the rate of evaporation and keeps the soil moist, healthy, vibrant and happy
Bamboo and Wastewood
One of the most apparent observation that one makes on a visit to Sabz Bagh is to see the use of bamboo everywhere. We use it extensively for all our construction, fencing, farming and roofing needs. Bamboo is being used in place of concrete or steel. Our own, individual small effort at reducing ‘carbon footprints’ for the sake of future generations to come!
There has been a loss of Native Indigenous Tree Species in the Aravali belt during the last few decades. To regenerate the loss, in our small capacity we have planted around 35 species during the last two years in an effort to create our own natural Aravali Forest. This would help revive lost biodiversity, flora and fauna and establish a more balanced ecosystem.
This is a word that is being used quite freely these days and is definitely the need of the hour. At Sabz Bagh, we are putting it to effect in a practical manner virtually every day. The cows in the animal shelter have been kept as a rescue effort and not for milking. We feed them and they produce cow dung. The same is dried and added to the soil as manure. This helps in rejuvenating the soil and producing quality vegetables. The left-over vegetables are fed to the cows and the cycle continues!
Say No to Plastic
We at Sabz Bagh have been passionate about not using Plastic for several years now. Plastic is not allowed to come into the farm. Plastic received sometimes at the farm as covering for packed goods is carried home by us and same is recycled through an organization named Max Xchange. Please do contact us if you would also like to be involved in this conservation effort in your house or local community and we would be glad to help.
This is a natural process by which earthworms are used to convert waste matter e.g. cow dung to manure. The earthworm used for this are generally the red variety and manure can be available within 5 to 6 months of start of the process.